“There is serious gold in them”

It’s a good thing two-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is such a captivating powerhouse singer. Otherwise, you might need a shower to rinse off the grit contained in her brand new album, “Outskirts of Love.”

The cover image of a motel (with the sign’s neon “O” burned out, of course) and a sign advertising “Adults only; hourly rates,” already warns you that you are not heading to the safe, comfortable  part of town. […]

But there’s serious gold in them there blues. Check her extra-soulful interpretations of ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago” (with Top’s Billy Gibbons on guitar, yet), Creedence Clearwater Revivial’s “Long As I Can See the Light” and Albert King’s “Wrapped up in Love Again.” That last part of the album suggests there’s hope for the seemingly unredeemable. […]

If you haven’t caught Copeland at a past Philadelphia Folk Festival, or this year’s Blast Furnace Blues Festival in Bethlehem, she’ll be in town this week, no doubt itching to share this new batch of songs.

By Brian Bingaman in “Shemekia Copeland explores the blues’ seedier side with Outskirts of Love” on Ticket, before her performance at the Sellersville Theater on Thursday, October 1st.

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